A classic 1960s/early 1970s rock & roll classics programme, with emphasis on the "Motown Sound"™. This, and the Muzak "American Graffiti" tribute programme, is the kind of stuff KKSN-FM specialised in and got me through my hellish teenage years in the late 1990s/early 2000s! At almost 10 minutes shy of four hours, it is the longest AEI tape in the collection (at this point, anyways - I still have about a dozen more to do) beating the Background Instrumentals #5193 recording by about a minute.
It's safe to say this tape is the oldest in the collection -- note "AEI FOREGROUND MUSIC" on label. IIRC they dropped the word "FOREGROUND" from their logotype around 1989 or 1990, so I think it's at least that old. It was probably made around the time they acquired their Raleigh, NC uplink from what was Seeburg Phonograph Company (short-lived successor of old-skool Seeburg Manufacturing Corporation) and the old size-C Fidelipac endless loop system was still their dominant tape distribution format. I don't know specifically when AEI started making cassettes, though this may be a very early one. Prodisc CD-I, which debuted in early 1995, would ultimately replace the clunky, expensive and dated Fidelipac tech and co-exist with Propac for about a decade, was still several years away.
Its "sound" is also completely different of the others. It was produced and mastered in an entirely analogue workflow, meaning carts, reels and probably also records. (According to Mike Brady's writeup, AEI didn't get DAT until 1992, around the time he started his job there, and Mini Disc came about a year later.) It's also probably a little worn from play, but the frequency response of some of the selections tends to vary throughout the programme. Not anything bad, it's totally different of the anomalies you experience using a full-digital workflow (meaning Red Book CDs, audio files and computers). So it's interesting to observe from an engineering standpoint.... especially when you haven't used a full- or partial-analogue production workflow for almost 20 years.
The "black dots" on the label are not mildew - it's an unusual pattern of darkening caused by the glue soaking through the paper over the decades. (A lot of these tapes are actually that way to varying degrees.) It just looks blackish because my scanner's a piece of junk. It's difficult to tell from these crappy scans but the labels have also shrunk considerably over the last 30+ years.
Speed correction -26.75%.
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